Upcoming smartwatches 2020: Exciting devices still to be released

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The smartwatch world is hotting up as we approach the business end of 2020, and there's set to be so many new devices on the market, choosing will be incredibly difficult.

The big names all have brand new smartwatches, with the Apple Watch Series 6 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 all inbound. And we'll have new Fitbit smartwatches as well.

And there's a big influx of cheaper smartwatch options too, with really strong devices from Huawei, Oppo and TicWatch.

That's going to put pressure on the traditional smartwatch companies – especially the likes of Fossil, which we anticipate might also be prepping new watches too.

Here's what we're expecting from the rest of 2020.

New smartwatches we've reviewed 2020

Apple Watch Series 6

ETA: 18 September 2020

Apple Watch Series 6

(Image: Apple Watch Series 6 | Apple)

The Apple Watch Series 6 is official, and while it's not a massive upgrade, there's plenty here to keep it ahead of the growing pack of upcoming smartwatches.

It's getting new colours, with blue, graphite and (PRODUCT)RED and stainless steel gold..

The big change is the SpO2 sensor, which allows blood oxygen tracking for the first time. Users can take a spot check and you can have blood oxygen monitored during sleep.

Always-on display is now 2.5x brighter outside, and there’s an always-on altimeter for altitude tracking. There are also new altimeter watch faces showing your altitude, aimed at hikers.

And the Apple Watch Series 6 will now charge in 1.5 hours, and means those using for sleep tracking can charge more after waking up and before leaving the house.

Read our full Apple Watch Series 6 guide.

Apple Watch SE

ETA: 18 September 2020

Apple Watch SE

(Image: Apple Watch Series 6 | Apple)

The Apple Watch SE was tipped to launch at the Time Flies event and we weren’t disappointed

The Apple Watch SE offers people the chance to get an Apple Watch for less – but without making as many sacrifices as the Series 3.

It uses the newer shape with the larger 40/44mm display, which is much better looking than the boxy old Series 3.

The Apple Watch SE uses the previous generation S5 chip and uses the same line-up of accelerometer and altimeter as Series 6, which means it retains fall detection, altitude tracking and heart rate.

But you don't get health features like SpO2 and ECG, or the always on display.

It’s set to cost $279, making it more expensive than Series 3 which stays at $199.

Fitbit Sense

ETA: 25 Sept 2020

Fitbit Sense

The Fitbit Sense is the company's first health watch, and substantially ups the level of advanced stats.

And it's also of the most complete health devices we’ve seen to date.

The Fitbit Sense adds ECG for the first time on a Fitbit, with afib detection and high/low heart rate alerts.

But there's also temperature tracking, which alongside data on breathing rate, heart rate variability, resting HR and blood oxygen, which can act as an early warning system for infections such as Covid-19.

An electrodermal activity sensor (EDA) reads stress responses from the skin to produce a daily stress score, which is augmented with input about your mood.

And there's a big focus on mindfulness and guided meditation designed to alleviate symptoms.

In addition the Fitbit Sense brings across standard Fitbit smartwatch features such as notifications, fitness tracking, sleep monitoring music playback and control, GPS and tracking of 20 sports and Fitbit Pay.

The Fitbit Sense will cost $329.99 and will be released in late September.

Read our in-depth look at the Fitbit Sense.

Fitbit Versa 3

ETA: 25 Sept 2020

Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit also announced a new version of its Fitbit Versa smartwatch, with a few important upgrades, and crucially, the same price.

The new Versa 3 smartwatch adds GPS, which is something we've called for since the first version.

It gets a larger AMOLED display than its predecessor.

And the Versa 3 also gets the same PurePulse 2.0 tech as the Fitbit Sense, which promises to be more accurate than previous devices.

Users can now choose between Alexa and Google Assistant on the wrist, and there's fast charging, which will offer a full day extra battery life with just 12 minutes worth of juice.

The Fitbit Versa 3 will cost $229.99 and will be released in late September.

Read our in-depth look at the Fitbit Versa 3.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

ETA: September 2020

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

The new Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro joins the GT2 and Watch GT2e by adding more premium materials, with a titanium case and ceramic back.

It comes with a 47mm oversized case with a bright 454 x 454 AMOLED display.

You also get a whopping 14 day battery life and over 100 sports profiles, with GPS for accurate outdoor workout tracking.

Huawei has also added new golf and skiing tracking modes, and there's a new focus on outdoor tracking with weather system tracking and tide tides, as well as back-to-start navigation

Thanks to those materials it will be on sale for around $299.99, making it around double the price of the Watch GT2e.

Read our early Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro review for first impressions and close up pictures.

Huawei Watch Fit

ETA: September 2020

Upcoming smartwatches 2020: Exciting devices still to be released

The Huawei Watch Fit has launched with a unique stretched, rectangular display. It's a smartwatch/fitness band hybrid, aimed at those who have enjoyed working out at home during lockdowns.

The 456x280, 1.64-inch screen is designed to show off the 12 built-in, guided workouts, which can be followed on the watch itself. This includes up to 44 guided positions.

There are also 96 workout tracking profiles, offering a dizzying array of tracked sports.

You get Firstbeat analytics are part of the Watch Fit, with Recovery Time, VO2 max, Training Effect and other heart rate variability based data.

And you get GPS, and a PPG heart rate monitor with SpO2 tracking.

But it's the price that will attract a lot of people. It costs just $110, which means you get a lot of features for the price.

Oppo Watch

ETA: Sept/October

Upcoming smartwatches 2020: Exciting devices still to be released

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The Oppo Watch is now officially available outside of China, but there have been changes.

Yes, it still looks just like the Apple Watch Series 5, and it's available in two sizes.

There are 46mm and 41mm, which feature (enormous) 1.91-inch and 1.6-inch AMOLED displays. That's thanks to the curved glass, which allows for more screen real-estate than equivalently sized rivals.

Wear OS is the operating system on board, which means access to third party apps. But the move to Wear OS hasn't negatively impacted battery life.

The Oppo Watch manages two day battery life (better than most Wear OS devices and the Apple Watch), and brings some clever power management.

A power saver mode extends battery life to 21 days, and it can still carry on with basic fitness tracking. What's more, you can fast charge and get 16 hours of juice in just 15 minutes. Impressive stuff.

But there's also an availability issue.

Oppo isn't launching its smartwatch in the US – although we're sure it will arrive via resellers. Therefore we don't have a US price, but in the UK the 46mm LTE version will be £329 ($400ish) – so it's not cheap. The 41mm is £229 ($300-ish).

The smaller 41mm will be available in September and the 46mm LTE will follow in October.

TicWatch 3

ETA: September

Upcoming smartwatches 2020: Exciting devices still to be released

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The TicWatch Pro 3 was unveiled by Qualcomm as it showed off its forthcoming Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip – and it will be the first to run the new processor.

Details are scarce on what that would mean, but Qualcomm boasts that its new chip is 85% faster with 25% better battery life, so we should see a few days from the TicWatch Pro 3.

And better battery life offers more use cases, so we'd love to see Mobvoi push the potential of better sleep racking and perhaps low power modes.

Watch this space.

Ticwatch GTX

ETA: Now

Ticwatch GTX

(Image: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi has launched the Ticwatch GTX, a new entry-level smartwatch which will cost just $59.99.

Mobvoi usually opts for Wear OS but the new Ticwatch GTX uses a custom OS. The downside of that is a lack of Wear OS apps, but you do get a 7 day battery life that rises to 10 days with power saving modes.

You get 14 fitness modes, including running, swimming and yoga. You get activity tracking and naturally there’s a heart rate monitor, but one sacrifice of the price is a lack of GPS chip.

It's entry level and while the design looks pretty smart, the large bulky case might not look so premium up close. But at that price, it's going to be a contender.

Honor Watch GS Pro

ETA: September 2020

Honor Watch GS Pro

The Huawei sub-brand announced a new outdoor watch at IFA 2020, in the Honor Watch GS Pro.

Not to be confused with the new Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, the Honor Watch GS Pro is a rugged hiking and outdoors watch with 14 MIL-STD-810G military certifications.

The GS Pro offers 5ATM water resistance, and support for over 100 workout modes, and ski tracking has made it over from the latest Huawei smartwatch.

It offers 24/7 activity tracking including continuous heart rate monitoring powered using Huawei's TruSeen 3.5 sensor.

You can also track stress and use the onboard SpO2 sensor to track blood oxygen saturation levels during the day.

Withings ScanWatch

ETA: Out in Europe, delayed in the US

Withings ScanWatch

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The Withings ScanWatch is a stylish looking hybrid smartwatch with serious med-tech power – and it's able to both take ECG readings and detect medical conditions such as sleep apnea and heart arrhythmia.

There are 38mm and 42mm versions and it boasts a 30 day battery life.

On the dial is a small PMOLED screen that displays information including heart rate, steps, notifications and instructions on taking ECG readings.

Withings isn't holding back on fitness tracking either. There's 24/7 heart rate and step counting and it can track 30 sports. There's no built-in GPS but it will pair to a smartphone to do the job.

The Withings Health Mate app will show you a sleep score based on your night time heart rate, restfulness and sleep stages – and it boasts a Smart Alarm to wake you up in light parts of your sleep cycle.

There is a problem.

It's received clearance for its ECG feature in Europe, but not the US, so it doesn't look like the ScanWatch will get released there.

It has got a European release – but without the full sleep apnea detection. Instead, the ScanWatch tracks "breathing disturbances", which amounts to the same thing.

The 42mm model costs $299, and the 38mm will be $249.

Read more in our Withings ScanWatch early review.

Alpina X Alive smartwatch

ETA: August 2020

Alpina X Alive
Image: Alpina

Following on from the AlpinaX, the 45mm AlpinaX Alive brings an impressive array of sport features to the Swiss watch format.

Unlike the Tag Heuer Connected 2020, it's not a full display smartwatch, but instead a hybrid smartwatch, that blends technology inside the case of an analogue device.

However, Alpina is not messing around when it comes to the sports tech inside its latest smartwatch.

Somewhat uniquely for a hybrid, the AlpinaX Alive packs in GPS – and there's a Philips heart rate sensor underneath too. That's also backed up by a host of advanced sport features, including sleep tracking, breathing reminders, and fitness coaching too.

In addition to the tracking of sleep cycles, there’s also a smart alarm feature that uses a pre-set window to try and wake you in a light sleep phase rather than deep sleep.

The Alpina X Alive has sport profiles for tracking, running, swimming, yoga, walk, Nordic walking, treadmill and cycling. And it will report reporting VO2 Max – showing that Alpina is really focusing on the performance sport audience.

There's a small touchscreen embedded into the watch face, to supplement the physical hands, which shows time and date, timers, battery percentage, heart rate, step count, alarms, notifications and hydration reminders.

There are two finishes – a blue fiberglass case and polished stainless steel, which retail for around $1,030 when it hits the US. It's listed now on the Alpina site for 50% early bird deals, but to Switzerland only.

Shipping is slated for August 2020. Alpina is talking up its online configurator too, which enables you to customise the colour of things like the dials, hands and straps.

Montblanc Summit 2 Plus

ETA: TBA

Montblanc Summit 2 Plus

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The Montblanc Summit 2+ also got a surprise release – and it's a halfway house between minor update and a full blown new device. The main added feature is LTE - but pretty much all aspects of the Summit 2 have been upgraded.

It's still running Wear OS, the AMOLED display is bigger; 1.28-inch as opposed to 1.19-inch. The Wear 3100 chip is backed up with 1GB of RAM – and the battery has been upgraded from 340mAh battery to 440mAh.

There is a gold and pink version amongst the four different new designs on offer (black diamond-like carbon steel, stainless steel and bronze steel and green, as well) so it's clear the Swiss company doesn't want to count female wrists out of its target audience completely though.

The Montblanc Summit 2 Plus was supposed to go on sale in April, though it's still not available through its website. Pricing in the US is $1,170. It will be offered in partnership with Verizon in the US and Vodafone in the UK.

Diesel Fadelite

ETA: Available now

Diesel Fadelite

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Unlike all of Diesel's previous offerings, the Fadelite is smaller - coming in a 43mm case - and features a transparent strap and translucent bezel in a choice of four colors.

The design makes it more appealing than any other Diesel Watch for both exercisers and those with small wrists, though the Wear OS experience is identical to what we've seen before; Google Pay, Google Assistant, heart rate tracking, customizable watch faces, music control and smartphone notifications are all here.

The smartwatch is currently available in the US priced at $275 and will cost £249 when it launches in the UK - read our Diesel Fadelite piece for all the details.

Hublot Big Bang E

ETA: Now

Hublot Big Bang E

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The Big Bang E comes packed into a 42mm case, down from a whopping 49mm on the 2018 edition. It runs Google Wear OS and is powered by a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage.

At 42mm it's pretty compact compared to the megaliths we’ve seen out of Switzerland in the past, such as the Tag Heuer Connected and Alpina X Alive. There will be two versions, one with a titanium case and the other in ceramic.

The Big Bang Referee 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia was the last outing from Hublot, and there were rumors that its successor would focus on Euro 2020. But the Big Bang E is gimmick free, and undeniably classy.

But it will cost you. The titanium edition is going for $5,200 and you'll need $5,800 for the ceramic.


Amazfit Ares

ETA outside China: TBC

Amazfit Ares

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A surprise new addition to the Amazfit range, the Amazfit Ares is a tough outdoor-friendly sports watch, with a big spec sheet and sub-$100 price tag.

It's already available in China at just CNY499 – which is about $70, so we're confident it will stay on the right side of $100 when it hits Western shores.

It boasts a 1.28-inch, 206 x 640 display, and 5ATM water resistance, with 70 sports tracking profiles including running, cycling, swimming and, curiously, dance.

There’s a heart rate sensor, as you’d imagine – and sports analysis goes a step further than the Amazfit T-Rex. It uses the PAI score to rate your weekly activity and ensure you’re getting your full quota of exercise, at elevated heart rates.

Firstbeat has chipped in with its VO2 Max and heart rate variability metrics too, such as Recovery Time, Training Load and Training Effect, which means it can be compared to Garmin watches in terms of sports stats.

Battery life looks to be around 14 days with 20 hours of GPS tracking - and after the Amazfit T-Rex and Amazfit GTS both reviewed well with our experts, this is certainly a budget option to watch.

Read our full Amazfit Ares guide.

Amazfit X

ETA: Ships October 2020

Amazfit X

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We have to say the Amazfit X excites us a bit – not because we believe it will be a groundbreaking device – but we're excited to see how powerful this crowdfunding one-shot can be.

Bringing advanced smartwatch and wellness smarts into a cuff-like band, the Amazfit X features a 2.07-inch curved AMOLED display, with a totally button free design, that makes use of the generous touchscreen. It has a super bright 400nit screen with a 206 x 640 resolution, and takes a 22mm strap.

It’s no slouch in terms of heart rate tracking either, with an optical sensor which also features an SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen tracking. That’s backed up by GPS with GLONASS support for outdoor workout tracking. The Amazfit X has 9 profiles for sports tracking, from running and cycling to open water swimming and treadmill tracking.

Amazfit knows this won't be for everyone, so it's gone to Indiegogo rather than selling through online stores. It's more about demonstrating the engineering power of Huami, which should be scaring the likes of Fitbit and Garmin with its powerful devices and incredible prices.

It raised well over $1 million and is tipped to ship a month later than originally stated before it also jump up to a full retail price of $329.

It might be worth that to get hold of a true wearable curiosity. Read our full Amazfit X story.

Xiaomi Mi Watch

ETA outside China: 2020

Upcoming smartwatches 2020: Exciting devices still to be released

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Available in China but with no confirmed release date here in the West, we're eagerly awaiting Xiaomi's budget smartwatch to land.

As you'd expect from a Chinese powerhouse, it's big on specs and low(ish) on price – with the smartwatch set to sell for roughly $185.

In terms of design, the watch features a 44mm square face, with a 1.78-inch AMOLED display pumping out a resolution of 410 x 410 pixels and a pixel density of 326 pixels-per-inch.

Internally, the smartwatch is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 3100 platform, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS for location tracking and NFC for contactless payments.

The personalized skin of Wear OS, called MiUI for Watch, has been designed to enable stripped-down versions of Xiaomi apps, like Mi Home, Tasks and Maps. However, it's not clear whether the watch will support current Wear OS apps when it lands or be paired with the Xiaomi Mi app.

We already know that the Firstbeat (recently acquired by Garmin) has been called upon to license its technology for VO2 Max and heart rate analytics during sport. It's the same algorithms that Garmin uses – and takes advantage of the Mi Watch's heart rate sensor and GPS chip.

Check out our first impressions of the Xiaomi Mi Watch ahead of launch.

Xiaomi Mi Watch Color/Revolve

ETA outside China: 2020

Xiaomi Mi Watch Color

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Not just a color version of its Apple Watch rip off – the Xiaomi Mi Watch Color is a totally different beast.

Boasting a 1.39-inch round AMOLED display with an eye-searing 454x454 resolution – it's a serious piece of kit.

It's already been out in Xiaomi's native China, but word from XDA Developers is that the company is plotting a new name for the global release – the Mi Watch Resolve.

There's heart rate sensor, NTC and supports tracking for 10 sports. There's 5ATM water resistance, and Firstbeat has leant its support to handle VO2 Max metrics from exercise.

It uses a custom OS not the MIUI operating system, which is based on Wear OS. That means less chance of usable third party apps, but you are getting a 14 day battery life.

The Xiaomi Mi Watch Color is set to cost $198 – but its wider release outside of China is still a mystery.

Timex Metropolitan R

ETA: TBC

Upcoming smartwatches 2020: Exciting devices still to be released

Image: Timex

Timex has teamed up with Amazfit for a new range of full-screen smartwatches, and the Timex Metropolitan R looks the pick of the bunch so far.

We've not got hands on with the device yet, but from what we can tell it's a rebadged (or very close to it) Amazfit GTR with a dose of extra style on top. And that's absolutely fine.

We rated the Amazfit GTR in our review, and there's a lot to like about the company's smartwatches. Giving it a makeover, with a gunmetal finish and leather/silicone combo strap is a more than welcome upgrade.

It comes with a 42mm case, so it's pretty slim on the wrist, and you get 12 days of battery life. There's GPS, heart rate and Amazfit's health tracking is pretty good, and it comes in a package that costs $179.99.

We'll need to put it through our full review before we can give it the same vote of confidence here as the GTR.